Five Accused of Terror Attack in Somalia Are Sentenced to Death

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

Two militants were killed in Somalia as a result of a US airstrike targeting an al Qaeda-linked group and al-Shabab, according to the USA military's Africa Command. "It was an ambush", said a police officer with knowledge of the attack who spoke to Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Officials say three police reservists and two senior officers were killed as they were traveling in the northern county of Mandera, near the shared border with Somalia.

The terrorists are said to have attacked the first security group of APs, police reservists and regular police officers as they patrolled the notorious Elwak-Kotulo stretch.

Apparently, a contingent of General Service Unit personnel who responded to the attack were ambushed and their truck burnt by the militants.

Hassan Nor Mohamed, Deputy Governor of Lower Shabelle region for Security Affairs, confirmed the attack, saying the vehicle was completely destroyed and the suspected militant died on the spot. He added that a second team was dispatched to the scene of the two attacks.

According to Mr Bundotich, a gun fight ensued before the suspected militants retreated. The militants behind a series of attacks in the Horn of Africa nation have not released a statement on the latest strike, the first in 2018.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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